Despite what many called a lackluster main event between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Keith “The Dean of Mean” Jardine, UFC 96 proved to be a night of many story lines, and a night of finishes, with 7 of the 10 bouts ending by either KO or TKO.
It was supposed to be one sided and it was predicted to be over within a couple of minutes of the first round. It turned into a back and forth battle between former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, and the upset specialist Keith Jardine.
Jardine survived the first minute of the fight, and several big shots from Jackson, and used his “herky-jerky” style to slow down “Rampage” at times, in addition to using his leg kicks that he is famous for. In the end it was not enough, but Jardine once again proved his gameness and toughness pushing the fight to the judges. Jackson used his patented left hook to put an exclamation point on the fight, dropping Jardine at the bell in the final round.